A century later they shifted to Mewar in Rajasthan. The bravery and tribute of the Sisodia clan are known everywhere – from the pages of history books to the folklore of Rajasthan. "
The Mewar dynasty is the world’s oldest existing dynasty with a time span of 1,500 years and 26 generations and has outlived centuries of foreign domination. Extremely possessive about their culture, tradition and honor, the Sisodias have played an important role in medieval Indian history as tireless upholders of Hindu traditions.
Maharana Pratap Singh once refused lunch with Raja Man Singh because he had given away his sister in marriage to Prince Salim, later Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Man Singh avenged this insult by defeating Pratap at the battle of Haldighati. Maharana Pratap’s son Amar Singh made peace with the Mughals but unable to accept his dishonor, he gave up his title in favor of his son Maharana Karan Singh. Amar Singh left Udaipur never to see its landscape again.
Maharana means Great Warrior, and the one from Udaipur is the highly praised head of all the 36 Rajput clans. The title of Rana was adopted in the 12th century, when the Parihara prince of Mandore awarded it to the Prince of Mewar.
The Mewar dynasty descends from the sun family and is hence known as Suryavanshi (descendents of the Sun) with the sun as its insignia. The Maharana of Udaipur is crowned only after being anointed with blood drawn from the palm of a Bhil chieftain, who then leads the Maharana to the throne of Mewar.